What are play mats made from?

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What are play mats made from?
Play mats come in a range of designs. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Play mats can be made from a few materials, but some are more common than others. There are also a few materials that should be avoided when purchasing a play mat. If a mat is for an infant, there should be no doubt that it will be durable and safe for them completely. Play mats are made of plastic foam most commonly. The material is then cut into very precise pieces for children to play or eat on.

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Play mat materials

Play mats can be made from a few materials, but some are more common than others. There are also a few materials that should be avoided when purchasing a play mat. If a mat is for an infant, there should be no doubt that it will be durable and safe for them completely. Play mats are made of plastic foam most commonly. The material is then cut into very precise pieces for children to play or eat on.

Good materials

Play mats are only good if they are safe and efficient. Some good materials for mats are vinyl and plastic foam, which is what flip flops are also made of. These materials provide support for babies and children, and if a mess arises, clean up is very simple. Plastic foam is especially good. It does not irritate the skin in any way and it is even softer than vinyl, so young children will appreciate it more. Mats made of latex and PVC should be avoided.

Mat composition

Play mat materials must be durable, somewhat resistant to heat, easy to clean and enjoyable for children. Most mats are made from plastic foam because it meets these requirements. This is not the only material that play mats are made from, but it is the most common and the safest.

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